The primary statutory role of safeguarding the welfare of children in Wales lies with local authorities.
Section 28 of the Children Act 2004 imposes a duty on local authorities and other bodies such as the local police body, local health boards, NHS Trusts, probation boards and youth offending teams to ensure that their functions are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Under Part 7 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, (SSWA 2014) local authorities must establish Safeguarding Children Boards comprised of representatives from local authorities, the local police body, local health board, NHS Trust, probation board, youth offending team and others..
Section 127 of the SSWA 2014 enables applications to be made to magistrates' courts for adult protection and support orders. Applications for such orders may be made by an officer of a local authority who has been authorised by a local authority to perform functions under that section.
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